Open Burning

Routt County Permit Process

Permitting in Routt County has been simplified. The permit application will determine: 
  • Pile size and type
  • Any burn-day restrictions needed
  • Any fire safety concerns



 Please attach a picture with your application to determine if an inspection is required.

Should the pile size be too large (Type 4) a Colorado State Prescribed Fire Permit will be required:  Open burn smoke permits | Department of Public Health & Environment (

Regardless of fire type, always contact your local fire district (unless you are within the Steamboat District) and Routt County Dispatch before you burn. (970) 879 1110

See below links to local fire districts:

Determining Smoke Dispersal:  Open-Burn-Smoke-Dispersal-Forecast (

Other helpful links: